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Forum topic by ofgortens posted 07-31-2008 10:02 PM 2921 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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ofgortens

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07-31-2008 10:02 PM

Topic tags/keywords: finish cherry varnish sanding sealer

Hey all,

I am very new to woodworking as a hobby. My father – in – law has been woodworking for years and has done a ton of very nice furniture and who has taught me a lot this past summer. My first project has been a cherry king size bed frame as well as 2 cherry nightstands to go with it.

He has shown me how he has finished a lot of his pieces (which look awesome) and so I followed him. These are the steps that he told me to do:

1. I have sanded my pieces down to 220
2. Wet it to raise the grain and sanded it again with 220 grit.
3. After wiping off/ blowing off the dust, i put a coat of sanding sealer on the entire piece.
4. Next I would sand it over lightly with 220 grit again and start applying coats of varnish (2 brush coats and a spray coat).
5. After waiting 3-4 weeks , we applied wax to it.

This is how I was taught and know nothing different. If there is a better way / different way please let me know! I am just trying to learn as much as possible!

-- Austin 'ofgortens' , John Deere


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Russel

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#1 posted 07-31-2008 10:09 PM

There are lots of different ways, I use effectively the same process except I skip step 2 and for step 4 use a wipe-on poly. Your process will definitely give you a good finish, and I’d be surprised if there was a “better” way, though there are different ways.

-- Working at Woodworking http://www.VillageLaneFurniture.com

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#2 posted 07-31-2008 10:41 PM

there are so many ways to finish and especially with just a top coat it is hard to go wrong. i would suggest this dvd set to you. it has everything you need to know to get on your way finishing. its a great dvd and goes from surface preparation, to dyes, and stains, layering, topcoats, spraying, after effects. just really everything you need to know.

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ofgortens

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#3 posted 08-01-2008 04:43 AM

thanks guys. I appreciate the suggestions.

-- Austin 'ofgortens' , John Deere

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